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Current Trust Issues

On 11 December 2019, Vicki Ammundsen is presenting a webinar Trust Series 2019 – Current Trust Issues.  This webinar will provide an up to date consideration of the issues facing trustees and their advisers in a rapidly changing trust landscape. The webinar will be complimented with materials that expand on the matters discussed. HIGHLIGHTS This … Continue reading

Response to Relationship Property Review

The Government has released its response to the Law Commission report, Review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 Te Arotake i te Property (Relationships) Act 1976,  which was presented to Parliament on 23 July 2019. The report has recommended that the rules applying to relationships ending on death be examined within the context of a broader review of … Continue reading

It’s my trust and I’ll do as I like

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, …” Thus commenced Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities, and similarly the mindset of any settlor of … Continue reading

Winding up trusts

Trusts are regularly wound up. However, in the absence of formal guidelines, the steps required are not always clear. Vicki Ammundsen is presenting a webinar on winding up trusts that will highlight matters to take into consideration to ensure that the trustees adopt a suitable decision making process, that any risks to trustees are identified … Continue reading

Beneficiaries tracing misappropriated funds

  Thomas Young sued (as a trustee and as a beneficiary) the widow of the former trustee John Hunt allegeing the theft of $146,175 from the Twiss Family Grandchildren’s Trust. The background is set out as follows at [3] to [6]: “[3] The Trust was settled on 1 April 1991. The settlor was Mr David … Continue reading

Balance of convenience is best interest of beneficiaries

  The proceedings in McLaughlin v McLaughlin relate to a dispute between the beneficiaries and trustees of the Ashley Trust (the Trust) and whether there should be an interim injunction to prevent the trustees from proceeding with the next stage of a development of trust property. By way of background see A little light on Beddoe … Continue reading

The great NZ trust crackdown

The way many New Zealanders manage their assets is set to change dramatically. Reforms to the laws governing trusts in New Zealand, due to come into force on 30 January 2021, are expected to trigger a massive reduction in the number of trusts. The Ministry of Justice estimates there are currently between 300,000 and 500,000 … Continue reading

I didn’t read it …

The background to Kusabs v Staite, which relates to the rectification of a lease, is complex and fact specific and highlights the need for parties to written documents to ensure an accurate record of the agreement that is being recorded. Relevant considerations from the Court of Appeal include: the standard of proof for rectification is … Continue reading

To gift or not – what did I intend?

The decisions in Reid v Castleton-Reid and Tian v Zhang highlight the importance of recording not only transactions, but also the parties’ expectations.  Reid v Castleton-Reid relates to the correct characterisation of a $1.7m trading account.  Tian v Zhang relates to whether sums advanced represented a dowry or were held on resulting trust.  In both cases the judgment … Continue reading

Regular pattern not just a knitting matter

The rules that tax certain sales of land include exclusions relating to a person’s main home.   These exclusions are not meant to apply where the taxpayer has a “regular pattern” of buying and selling land used as a main home, residence or business premises. A tax policy consultation document, Habitual buying and selling of land, released … Continue reading

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